Billionaire on ‘Open Texas’ task force laments the year that cut his net worth in half and crippled his Omni hotel business

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In 2016, Dallas billionaire and Omni Hotels owner Robert Rowling was blissfully unaware of something like an unprecedented pandemic shutting the hospitality industry down overnight.



Robert Rowling wearing a suit and tie: Omni Hotels owner Robert Rowling is back at work in his Dallas office as he navigates his role on Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's COVID-19 Strike Force to Open Texas while also figuring out how to bring back thousands of hotel employees.


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Omni Hotels owner Robert Rowling is back at work in his Dallas office as he navigates his role on Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s COVID-19 Strike Force to Open Texas while also figuring out how to bring back thousands of hotel employees.

“I see the energy business and people struggling and I see our hotel business and how incredibly well it’s doing (and) I thank the Lord that we diversified into